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Social Rented Housing: Standards

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of social rented homes which did not meet the Decent Homes standard at the latest date for which figures are available; and when she expects the remainder of the additional £200 million of funding for the Decent Homes programme to have been spent. (250957)

Landlord statistical returns show that at 1 April 2008 there were 714,000 social homes that did not meet the decent homes standard which represents 18 per cent. of the social housing stock,

www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/table119.xls.

In the pre-Budget report we announced that we would bring forward from 2010-11 £250 million to sustain and accelerate the Decent Homes programme. We expect all this money to have been spent by the end of March 2010.